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Entry no.: 1334

4 Aug 2013, 7:48 PM

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Travel Kyōto

A bit of Japan, in 24 Hipstamatic snaphots.

“Kyōto Tower”, © Cristian Kit Paul, Kyoto, Japan, 2013.

Kyōto Tower. © Cristian Kit Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge. See Kyoto Tower's page on Wikipedia.

“Kyōto Station (京都駅 Kyōto-eki) by night”, © Cristian Kit Paul, Kyoto, Japan, 2013.

Kyōto Station (Kyōto-eki) by night. © Cristian Kit Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge. See Kyōto Station's Wikipedia page.

“Detail of a Kyōto temple”, © Cristian Kit Paul, Kyoto, Japan, 2013.

Detail of a Kyōto temple. © Cristian Kit Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

“Overhead powerlines in Kyōto”, © Cristian Kit Paul, Kyoto, Japan, 2013.

In the end, those overhead powerlines came to define the typical Japanese street for me. © Cristian Kit Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

“Mission Control at Kokopelli Kyōto”, © Cristian Kit Paul, Kyoto, Japan, 2013.

A place called Kokopelli, a Japanese-Spanish tapas fusion restaurant in Gion area, Kyōto. © Cristian Kit Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge

“Yukata (浴衣) Chatwalk in Kyōto”, © Cristian Kit Paul, Kyōto, Japan, 2013.

Yukata-dressed ladies chatwalking in Kyōto. © Cristian Kit Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

“Sunset at Kyōto Kamogawa”, © Cristian Kit Paul, Kyōto, Japan, 2013.

The Kamo River (Kamo-gawa) at sunset. © Cristian Kit Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Ginkaku-ji (銀閣寺

Ginkaku-ji ("Temple of the Silver Pavilion," "Temple of Shining Mercy") Zen temple in Kyōto. © Cristian Kit Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge. See Ginkaku-ji Zen temple's Wikipedia page.

“Fishing teddybears in Kyōto”, © Cristian Kit Paul, Kyōto, Japan, 2013.

Fishing teddy bears on The Philosopher's Walk (Tetsugaku-no-michi, "Path of Philosophy") in Kyōto. © Cristian Kit Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge. See Philosopher's Walk Wikipedia page.

“Kimono cat at Nekokaigi cat café, Kyōto”, © Cristian Kit Paul, Kyōto, Japan, 2013.

Kimono cat at Nekokaigi cat Café in Kyoto. © Cristian Kit Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge. Read more about Cat Cafés on Wikipedia.

“Ana at Nekokaigi cat café, Kyōto”, © Cristian Kit Paul, Kyōto, Japan, 2013.

Ana at Nekokaigi cat café. © Cristian Kit Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

“Kyōto-gyoen (京都御苑) Park”, © Cristian Kit Paul, Kyōto, Japan, 2013.

Kyōto-gyoen National Garden. © Cristian Kit Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge. See more about Kyoto Imperial Palace on Wikipedia.

“Bamboo forrest at Arashiyama (嵐山 Storm Mountain), Kyōto”, © Cristian Kit Paul, Kyōto, Japan, 2013.

Amazing Arashiyama (Storm Mountain) bamboo forrest. © Cristian Kit Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

“Slowfish, 河豚 or 鰒; フグ fugu”, © Cristian Kit Paul, Kyoto, Japan, 2013.

Fugu ("river pig") in a retaurant window. Fugu can be lethally poisonous. © Cristian Kit Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

“Wired in Gion (祇園, ぎおん) district, Kyoto”, © Cristian Kit Paul, Kyōto, Japan, 2013.

Wired in Gion district. © Cristian Kit Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge. See more on Gion's Wikipedia page.

“Shijō Street (四条通 Shijō-dōri), Kyoto”, © Cristian Kit Paul, Kyōto, Japan, 2013.

Shijō Street (Shijō-dōri). © Cristian Kit Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

“Girl on Shijō Street (四条通 Shijō-dōri), Kyoto”, © Cristian Kit Paul, Kyōto, Japan, 2013.

Girl in the middle of Shijō-dōri. © Cristian Kit Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

“Linked” at Takashimaya in Kyoto, © Cristian Kit Paul, Kyōto, Japan, 2013.

Linked, at Takashimaya. © Cristian Kit Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

“Torii toy”, © Cristian Kit Paul, Kyōto, Japan, 2013.

Toy and Torii gates at Fushimi Inari Taisha into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari. © Cristian Kit Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

“Thousand Torii”, © Cristian Kit Paul, Kyoto, Japan, 2013.

Ana passing thorough Senbon Torii ("thousands of torii gates") at Fushimi Inari Shrine (Fushimi Inari Taisha) Shinto shrine. © Cristian Kit Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

“Kawaii Overload”, © Cristian Kit Paul, Kyoto, Japan, 2013.

Girl at claw crane arcade game on Teramachi Street (Teramachi-dōri). © Cristian Kit Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

“Mario”, © Cristian Kit Paul, Kyoto, Japan, 2013.

Shigeru Miyamoto video game designer and producer for Nintendo, the creator of Mario franchise was born near Kyoto. The natural surroundings of Kyoto inspired much of Miyamoto's later work. © Cristian Kit Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

“Backstreet”, © Cristian Kit Paul, Kyoto, Japan, 2013.

Backstreet near Teramachi-dōri. © Cristian Kit Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

“KIX Tower”, © Cristian Kit Paul, Kyoto, Japan, 2013.

KIX Tower at Kansai International Airport (Kansai Kokusai Kūkō) located on an artificial island in the middle of Osaka Bay. © Cristian Kit Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge. Lear more on Kansai's Wikipedia page.

Entry no.: 1324

22 Apr 2013, 10:20 AM

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Travel A bit of New York

Here are a few snapshots from last week in New York.

“Nomad”, © Cristian Kit Paul, New York, 2013.

A desk lamp and a bottle of wine in my hotel room, New York. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

“Rereflection”, © Cristian Kit Paul, New York, 2013.

Re-reflections on Lafayette with 8th, Noho. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

“Flat Iron”, © Cristian Kit Paul, New York, 2013.

The Flat Iron building as seen from Broadway, New York. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

“Waltz”, © Cristian Kit Paul, New York, 2013.

Grand Central Station as seen from the Apple Store, New York. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

I wonder how Terry Gilliam managed to gen this one closed to shoot his Fisher King grand ballroom scene.

“Alternate Realty,” © Cristian Kit Paul, New York, 2013.

Broadway in a peculiar broad daylight, New York. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

“Perfect Day”, © Cristian Kit Paul, New York, 2013.

A perfect day in The Central Park, watching kids doing skateboard tricks, New York. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

“Emoticon”, © Cristian Kit Paul, New York, 2013.

Emoticon, Brooklyn-style, New York. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

“MoMA Courtyard”, © Cristian Kit Paul, New York, 2013.

Black and white photograph of the courtyard of the New York's Museum of Modern Art, photographed through windows of the museum. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge

“Anytime”, © Cristian Kit Paul, New York, 2013.

"No Standing Anytime" sign and skybridge, New York. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge

“Terraformed”, © Cristian Kit Paul, New York, 2013.

Massive building on 23rd, as seen from The High Line, New York. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

I was very impressed by the High Line project, the kilometer-long railway that has been redesigned and planted as an aerial greenway.

“Bag Man”, © Cristian Kit Paul, New York, 2013.

The light reflected by the buildings never ceased to amaze me, here's a sample from 34th with 8th, New York. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

“Americana”, © Cristian Kit Paul, New York, 2013.

A piece of pure Americana in West Village, New York. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

“Once”, © Cristian Kit Paul, New York, 2013.

Busy Time Square in a Blade Runner-ish light, New York. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge

“Psychic”, © Cristian Kit Paul, New York, 2013.

A Woody Allen-esque 'Psychic' neon sign in West Village, New York. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Something tells me I'll be back.

Entry no.: 1313

8 Jan 2013, 9:28 AM

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Travel Five notes on Bangkok

“RePause”, © Cristian Kit Paul, Bangkok, 2013.

Zen in the middle of Bangkok. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

“LifeOnMars”, © Cristian Kit Paul, Bangkok, 2013.

And four layers of anti-zen, one on top of the other. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

“Bloomy”, © Cristian Kit Paul, Bangkok, 2012.

The wonderful MOCA Bangkok. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

“Naspa”, © Cristian Kit Paul, Bucharest, 2012.

Found. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

“AWay”, © Cristian Kit Paul, Bangkok, 2012.

And away. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

For iPhone pics follow me on Instagram.
For more Bangkok, click here.

Entry no.: 1298

19 Aug 2012, 7:53 PM

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Travel Zebrisky Point

“Zebrisky”, © Cristian Kit Paul, Baia Mare, Transylvania, 2012.

“Zebrisky”, Baia Mare. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

A few pictures from Baia Mare, shot last weekend with iPhone and Hipstamatic, some of them posted on my Instagram account.

Continue reading "Zebrisky Point" »

Entry no.: 1284

30 Mar 2012, 9:41 AM

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Travel A week in Hong Kong

Posted—more for me than you—while researching some Hong Kong areas and buildings.

Sky is the limit, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Hong Kong, 2012.

Hong Kong. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

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Entry no.: 1203

27 Jan 2011, 7:37 AM

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Travel Singapore angles

Bike wars, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2011.

Haji Lane, Singapore. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

At least you're not alone, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2011.

Haji Lane, Singapore. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Sky is the limit, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2011.

Chinatown, Singapore. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Local color, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2011.

Chinatown, Singapore. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Don't worry, I'm fine, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2011.

Chinatown, Sinagpore. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Me too, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2011.

Red Dot Design Museum, Singapore. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge

Bright mind, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2011.

Red Dot Design Museum, Singapore. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge

Back to the future, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2011.

Lasalle College of Arts, Singapore. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.


Also: More Singapore.

Entry no.: 1199

26 Dec 2010, 7:25 PM

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Travel More Marina Bay, Singapore

The Sands Hotel, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2010.

The Sands hotel seen from across Marina Bay. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Did you see the movie Contact?

Central Business District, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2010.

Part of Central Business District, Singapore. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

The Sands Hotel seen from the Merlion, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2010.

The Sands hotel seen over the Merlion crowd. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

The Merlion, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2010.

The Merlion, Singapore. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

The Merlion is Singapore's mascot—an imaginary creature with a lion head and a fish body (Singapore's original name—"Singapura"—meaning "lion city").

The Esplanade, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2010.

The Esplanade, Singapore. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

The Esplanade—I wrote about it two years ago.

Central Business District, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore., 2010.

Central Business District as seen from Marina Bay Sands hotel right after sunset. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

I know, the last picture might be too noisy to be published. But—who cares?

Entry no.: 1198

24 Dec 2010, 7:40 PM

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Travel Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

The Sands SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands Hotel, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2010.

Sands SkyPark cantilevers at Marina Bay Sands Hotel. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

The Sands SkyPark is an architectural masterpiece sitting on top of the three hotel towers at Marina Bay Sands, at 200 meters in the sky and the world's largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67m.

Yep, those are the 67 meters.

Singapore Marina Bay, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2010.

Singapore Marina Bay. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

The Sands SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands Hotel, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2010.

Marina Bay Sands Hotel (towers 2 and 3) and Sands SkyPark © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

The Sands SkyPark is a 1.2 hectare/12,400 square meters tropical oasis—large enough to park four-and- a-half A380 jumbo jets. As large as three football fields.

The Sands SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands Hotel, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2010.

Marina Bay Sands Hotel (towers 1 and 2) and Sands SkyPark © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

At floor 57, housed by The Sands SkyPark, the 150-meter infinity swimming pool is the world’s largest outdoor pool at that height. The SkyPark also boasts rooftop restaurants, nightclubs, gardens hundreds of trees and plants and a public observatory.

The Artscience museum, Marina Bay Sands, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2010.

The Chrystal Pavilion North and the Artscience Museum, Marina Bay Sands. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

The Artscience Museum, The Float and The Esplanade, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2010.

The Artscience Museum, The Float and The Esplanade, Singapore. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

The Float at Marina Bay is located on the waters of the Marina Reservoir, in Marina Bay, Singapore.

Made entirely of steel, the floating platform measures 120 meters long and 83 meters wide, which is 5% larger than the soccer field at the National Stadium.

The platform can bear up to 1,070 tones, equivalent to the total weight of 9,000 people, 200 tones of stage props and three 30-tone military vehicles. The gallery at the stadium has a seating capacity of 30,000 people.

Middle-top in the picture is the The Esplanade—I wrote about it two years ago.

The Sands SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands Hotel, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2010.

Marina Bay Sands Hotel and SkyPark. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore, and the world's most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion, including cost of the land.

The resort was designed by Moshe Safdie Architects. The local architect of record was Aedas Singapore. The consortium won in a bid were participants were assessed based on four criteria:

  • tourism appeal and contribution;
  • architectural concept and design;
  • development investment;
  • strength of the consortium and partners.

Not price? Not shady cheapness, nor friendship with the president—like we assess bidders in Romania? Interesting.

Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2010.

Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest—the two cooled conservatories—in construction at Gardens by the Bay.

Gardens by the Bay is an integral part of a strategy by the Singapore government that further transforms Singapore from a ‘Garden City’ to a ‘City in a Garden’, in which the city is woven into a green and floral tapestry. This aims to raise the quality of life in Singapore with a more holistic and all-encompassing program that enhances greenery and flora in the city.

Central Business District of Singapore, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2010.

Central Business District, Singapore. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

I like—and respect—this city more and more each day.

Entry no.: 1157

1 Oct 2010, 8:09 PM

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Travel Shanghai

Shanghai Pudong as seen from The Bund, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Shanghai, 2010.

Shanghai Pudong as seen from The Bund. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge. Location.

The Bund as seen from the top of the Hyatt, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Shanghai, 2010.

Shanghai's Bund as seen from the top of the Hyatt. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Pudong as seen from the top of the Hyatt, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Shanghai, 2010.

Shanghai's Pudong as seen from the top of the Hyatt. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

With a population of 20 million — as large as Romania's — Shanghai is the most populous city in the world and the economic capital of the world's second (and fastest-growing) major economy.

Moscow lost the cold war — dead. But I be damned if Shanghai doesn't look exactly like in an alternate universe where the Chinese won it.

Entry no.: 1155

30 Sep 2010, 4:47 AM

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Travel 你好

Window view, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Shanghai, 2010.

View From My Window, Shanghai. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge

The title should read "nǐ hǎo" and it means "hello" in Chinese Mandarin — because I'm in Shanghai for a few days.

Entry no.: 1131

28 Jul 2010, 6:31 PM

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Travel According to legend he was a soldier

According to legend he was a soldier, © Cristian -Kit- Paul, Firenze, 2010.

Store, Firenze. © Cristian ·Kit· Paul. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Sebastian, St. |siˈbas ch ən|
(late 3rd century), Roman martyr. According to legend he was a soldier who was shot by archers on the orders of Diocletian. When he recovered, he confronted the emperor and was then clubbed to death.

Entry no.: 954

3 Jan 2010, 12:01 PM

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Travel Banteay Srei temple

Banteay Srei Temple, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 2010.

Banteay Srei Temple at Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Entry no.: 953

3 Jan 2010, 8:41 AM

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Travel Floating village

Chong Khneas, the floating village of Siem Reap river, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Cambodia, 2010.

Chong Khneas, the floating village of Siem Reap river. Click here or on the image to watch video. Shot here.

Entry no.: 952

2 Jan 2010, 5:24 PM

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Travel Siem Reap night market

Siem Reap night market, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 2010.

Night market in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Click here or on the image to watch video. Shot here.

Entry no.: 951

2 Jan 2010, 10:40 AM

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Travel Angkor temple

Angkor temple, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Cambodia, 2010.

Angkor temple, Cambodia. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Angkor temple, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Cambodia, 2010.

Angkor temple, Cambodia. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Entry no.: 950

1 Jan 2010, 5:56 PM

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Travel Fish massage

Fish massage, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 2010.

Fish massage "parlor" in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Click here or on the image to watch video. Shot here.

Entry no.: 949

1 Jan 2010, 4:20 AM

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Travel Cambodia New Year

Cambodia New Year, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 2009.

New Year party in hotel garden, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Click here or on the image to see video. Shot here.

Entry no.: 948

1 Jan 2010, 4:09 AM

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Travel Phuket beach

Phuket beach, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Phuket, Thailand, 2009.

Little girl watching sunset on Phuket beach. Click here or on the image to watch video. Location.

Entry no.: 947

27 Dec 2009, 9:11 AM

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Travel Bangkok shrine

Bangkok shrine, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Bangkok, 2009.

Shrine next to the boulevard, skybridge and skytrain line, Bangkok. Click here or on the image to see video. Location.

Bangkok shrine, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Bangkok, 2009.

Same shrine from a different angle, Bangkok. Click here or on the image to see video. Location.

Entry no.: 945

27 Dec 2009, 6:50 AM

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Travel Shopping avenue

Shopping avenue, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Bangkok, 2009.

Outside of Siam Paragon near Siam Square main skytrain (BTS) station, Bangkok. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

It was shot here.

Entry no.: 944

23 Dec 2009, 7:51 PM

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Travel Park

Park, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Bangkok, 2009.

Park, Bangkok. Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Entry no.: 943

23 Dec 2009, 3:36 PM

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Travel Ice-skating rink

I'll try a new thing here: one-minute videos instead of plain shots. One minute of nothing special, just life. Consider them "long photos".

If the technical part is getting botched (leave a comment if you can't see it) I'll have to move the stuff to Vimeo or YouTube and embed it back here — that'll take a while. Here is the first one, let's see how this goes.

Ice-skating rink, one minute video, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Dubai, 2009.

Shoping mall ice-skating rink, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Click here or on the image to watch the video.

Location.

Entry no.: 942

23 Dec 2009, 4:27 PM

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Travel Burj Dubai

Burj Dubai, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Dubai, 2009.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates Click here or on the image to enlarge.

Burj Dubai is the tallest man-made structure ever built: 818 meters and 162 habitable floors — and expected to hold up to 35,000 people.


Update: This is so tall I had to stitch three pictures together to get it all in the frame.

Entry no.: 786

1 Aug 2009, 11:55 PM

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Travel Monaco II

One more: a vertical panorama from above the 'Gare de Monaco'.

Monte Carlo vertical panorama, from above 'Gare de Monaco', Cristian -Kit- Paul, Monte Carlo, 2009.

There are a few more levels—not visible from this angle. Now that's a layer cake!

Entry no.: 785

31 Jul 2009, 8:46 PM

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Travel Monaco I

A few quick, rough and dirty iPhone panoramas. Click on the images to enlarge.

Monte Carlo 360° panorama, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Monaco, 2009.

Monte Carlo 360° panorama, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Monaco, 2009.

Monte Carlo 360° panorama, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Monaco, 2009.

Monte Carlo 360° panorama, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Monaco, 2009.

Monte Carlo 360° panorama, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Monaco, 2009.

Monte Carlo 360° panorama, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Monaco, 2009.

Monte Carlo—home ecosystem to some of the best specimens human race can produce. Also, to many of the worst.

Entry no.: 681

1 Jan 2009, 8:11 PM

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Travel Unfinished affair

Financial district's skyscrapers, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2008.

Have you ever bumped into that ex-lover that you're still in love with?

Do you remember the magic agony—endorphins jumping around like a bunch of frisky kittens messing around with your over-clocked heart—of falling in love again?

Yeah.

I feel that exactly. I'm back in Singapore after 8 years and I'm unavoidably falling for this city. Again.

Entry no.: 680

28 Dec 2008, 9:10 PM

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Travel Boredom never felt so good

Gulf of Thailand, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Koh Samui, 2008.

Japanese-style Koi pond, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Koh Samui, 2008.

It happens right here, on Koh Samui island.

Entry no.: 528

27 Jul 2008, 2:28 PM

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Travel Helmut Newton Foundation

Big Nudes at Helmut Newton Foundation, Richard Reens, Berlin, 2008.

Clandestine shot of the famous Big Nudes series exhibited in the staircase. Richard Reens, Berlin, 2008.

At the Helmut Newton Foundation on Jebensstrasse the current exhibition on display is Pigozzi and the paparazzi.

From the exhibition's program:

Jean Pigozzi, the photographer included in the exhibition title, has been able to cultivate the kind of intensive and intimate relationship with the rich and the famous that is so desperately sought after by the paparazzi at large. Being befriended with many famous people in the international social and cultural scene, he has been making candid portraits of prominent individuals at private locations since the 1970’s. An unusual aspect of his work is his double portrait series Pigozzi & Co. In this ongoing project he appears together with a musician or an actor friend, the two posed with their heads, often touching, in a close-cropped composition. These are images from daily life, in which Pigozzi poses as friend and fan.

There were also some awesome pictures by Newton that I haven't seen before.

In his autobiography Newton wrote that after he saw Federico Fellini’s film La Dolce Vita starring Anita Ekberg, he became interested in the phenomenon of the paparazzi. In 1970 he travelled to Rome to work with “real” paparazzi. As part of a commission for the fashion magazine Linea Italiana, Newton hired a few of them to pose with his models. In Newton’s unconventional approach the photographers were asked to treat the model as if she were a famous person. An interesting aspect of Newton’s work is the combination of multiple real elements, such as the model, the fashion and the paparazzi, on the one hand, with the staging of the photograph on the other.

Paparazzi picture of Cristian Kit Paul at the Helmut Newton Foundation, Richard Reens, Berlin, 2008.

Paparazzi picture of Cristian Kit Paul at the Helmut Newton Foundation, Richard Reens, Berlin, 2008.

Richard almost made the universe cancel itself out by taking paparazzo pictures of me looking at pictures of paparazzi taken by other paparazzi. Richard Reens, Berlin, 2008.

So. If you are in Berlin and have a couple of hours to spend, pay a visit to the HNF. It's handily placed in Ku'Damm area and beside Newton's works, cameras and props, there are other photo exhibitions, a wonderful bookstore and a Café Einstein ready to provide for that raging caffeine addiction of yours.

But, um, you're not allowed to take pictures.

Entry no.: 527

25 Jul 2008, 12:44 AM

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Travel Change

Crowd gathered to listen to Barack Obama in Belin, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Berlin, 2008.

Crowd gathered to listen to Barack Obama in Belin, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Berlin, 2008.

Crowd gathered to listen to Barack Obama. Cristian "Kit" Paul, Berlin, 2008.

Along with other 200,000 people gathered at the Victory Column in Tiergarten Park—Berliners as well as foreigners—I witnessed today the latest episode in the birth of a new species of politician.

Hopefully.

Entry no.: 461

27 Mar 2008, 7:15 PM

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Travel Ich bin ein Berliner

Berliner Flughäfen, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Berlin, 2008.

Fleeing the country for the better part of the week seems like a golden idea since in Bucharest hysteria boils as the heavy security measures taken to protect the honchos participating in the 20th NATO Summit effectively paralyze the city and strongly interfere with its moving swarms of anxious inhabitants.

So for the weekend ich bin ein Berliner. Well, ein temporary Berliner, at least.

Don't expect anything other than camera-phone photos because—after eight years—I carry a film camera, again. Analogue. There's no better place to do this.

Tschüs Tschüß!

Entry no.: 403

5 Jan 2008, 8:52 PM

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Travel Awakening

From this:

Elephant-clubbing, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Bangkok, 2007.

To this:

Freezing dark, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Bucharest, 2008.

Charming! An asphyxiating 50°C difference—more than enough to hate the latitude of 45° N.

It just ain't right.

Entry no.: 401

1 Jan 2008, 7:08 AM

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Travel Getting around

SkyTrain tracks, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Bangkok, 2007.

 Floating Market boat, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Thailand, 2007.

From Bangkok SkyTrain to Ratchaburi Floating Market boat.

Entry no.: 397

29 Dec 2007, 7:34 PM

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Travel Kata

View from Kata Beach, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Phuket, 2007.

View from Kata Beach, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Phuket, 2007.

Long-tail fishing boats on Kata Beach on Phuket island, away from the busy—and PR-rich—Patong Beach.

Entry no.: 394

25 Dec 2007, 8:14 AM

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Travel The street

150-250, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Bangkok, 2007.

Street, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Bangkok, 2007.

Entry no.: 393

22 Dec 2007, 6:22 AM

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Travel Away

Bangkokery-one, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Bangkok, 2007.

35°C: no icicles or snow, no icy wind, no steamy breath—except for air conditioning maniacs, maybe.

They call it Krung Thep Maha Nakhon—Bangkok for the rest of us.

Entry no.: 337

10 Nov 2007, 2:02 PM

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Travel Overlayed

Overlayed, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Iasi, 2007

Planes where business class is exactly the same as coach, seats dwarfed by the dimensions of real human beings, inedible in-flight meals and fare prices that obliviously feed armies of leech companies buying more political support than aviation gasoline.

Refurbished communist hotels run by lazy managers, italian-looking hotels built upon stolen concepts, plain vanilla hotels decorated by blind interior designers and a posh hotel designed by Gustave Eiffel himself were awful music harms the human soul.

Cheap wines, expensive wines, sleepwalking waiters with neon-reflecting eyes, cotton-padded brains and not even the distant memory of a smile.

Entry no.: 240

16 Sep 2007, 12:18 PM

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Travel On the road

Cross in the sky, Cristian -Kit- Paul, 2007

A glimpse of tomorrow, Cristian -Kit- Paul, 2007

Seriously high speed and no music, only the absolute awareness of tires pulling the distant city lights closer and closer.

Entry no.: 239

15 Sep 2007, 11:40 AM

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Travel Hotel lifeforms

Hotel lifeforms, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Targu Mures, 2007

Little hotel friends—Târgu Mureș, Transylvania, 2007.

Entry no.: 175

9 Jul 2007, 12:28 AM

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Travel On the road again

Dreaming speed, Cristian Kit Paul, 2007

Silhouettes and details, Cristian Kit Paul, 2007

There are ordinary sunsets and then there are exceptional ones, when the cruising speed makes rays of fading sunlight escape through ragged hilltops in perfect sync with the playlists' moods cascading through the car speakers.

Entry no.: 155

25 Jun 2007, 2:35 AM

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Travel Leaving Copenhagen

Leaving Copenhagen (and Denmark) and heading back to Amsterdam, I got to take a few shots on my way.

Windmills, Cristian Kit Paul, Denmark, 2007

Windmills, hundreds of them in the countryside — when taking off a sea windmill farm with 20 windmills is visible just outside Copenhagen Harbor. Sorry I could not catch that.

Kastrup International Airport, Cristian Kit Paul, Copenhagen, 2007

Kastrup International Airport with its mind-boggling teak flooring — "impossibly efficient" as Wallpaper* reviews it. The photo doesn't do it justice, it's the nicest airport I've seen and the flooring gives it a very personal and almost cozy feeling despite its vast dimensions.

Oresund Link, Cristian Kit Paul, Denmark, 2007

The 7845m Øresund Link bridge and tunnel combo joins the Danish capital to southern Sweden.

Now — back in Bucharest.

Entry no.: 152

22 Jun 2007, 1:31 PM

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Travel Copenhagen (III)

Copenhagen in a nutshell

I thought long and I thought hard about defining the essence of how I perceived Copenhagen, only to realize in the end that summarizing it's not difficult at all. Here it is.

Copenhagen Opera House, Cristian Kit Paul, 2007

A long leash, Cristian Kit Paul, Copenhagen, 2007

These are pictures were shot on the same day, the first one — through telephoto lens — on the remote bank of the canal, and the other one on my side, and they're suggestive to me because they depict the two ends of Scandinavian — and especially Copenhagen — feeling.

The picture of Copenhagen Opera House reflects my sensation that the place is jammed with bold design, landmark architecture and advanced technology.

This is the country of Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen, of Arne Jacobsen (have a look at his chairs) and Georg Jensen (damn, I irreversibly fell in love with his Koppel Chronograph), of BoConcept, LEGO and, of course, the country of Stimorol, Carlsberg and Tuborg.

There is Illums Bolighus on Amagertorv 10, a four story temple of design houseware, a Danish design crash-course almost as comprehensive as Kunstindustrimuseet and certainly a commercial smash hit.

Speaking of Kunstindustrimuseet (Danish Museum of Art and Design), this is a place so special it deserves a post of its own.

On the other hand, the city manages to remain human, sweet and cozy. No tube, no traffic jams, in a no-hassle metropolitan environment with a population only slightly over the 1 million mark. People are riding their bikes everywhere, but everything is within walking distance in the central area if you are a determined walker. Many places look like holiday resorts, with tiny restaurants and small terraces one next to another, with colorful people and laid-back atmosphere.

There is Tivoli Gardens amusement park, with friendly butterflies and people screaming upside-down and there is Amagertorv, one of Europe's most attractive shopping strips, a sweet, sweet poison for your bank account.

God, I love this place!

Entry no.: 150

20 Jun 2007, 1:28 AM

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Travel Copenhagen (II)

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Aqua theme for today.

Entry no.: 149

18 Jun 2007, 12:24 AM

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Travel Copenhagen (I)

Semi-domesticated butterfly, Cristian Kit Paul, Copenhagen, 2007

If yesterday I came face to face with a rainbow in Amsterdam, today I've met up with a friendly butterfly here in Copenhagen. He was fluffy like a kitten, so I was tempted to pet his back and see if he purrs, but he wouldn't let me.

The screaming upside-down people, Cristian Kit Paul, Copenhagen, 2007

I have also seen the upside-down people, all screaming in terror and I felt terribly sorry for them. Maybe this is how they punish people around here when they look and act unreasonably normal. Because they do.

Entry no.: 148

16 Jun 2007, 11:24 PM

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Travel Amsterdam to Copenhagen

Rainbow over Schiphol, Cristian Kit Paul, Amsterdam, 2007

Delayed flight from Schiphol, just enough to allow for a short hide-and-seek play with a little rainbow stretching over the terminal.

Schiphol control tower, Cristian Kit Paul, Amsterdam, 2007

Hell's fluffy bells, Cristian Kit Paul, 2007

Windowshot, Cristian Kit Paul, Copenhagen, 2007

Left eventually — passed in a hurry over the entrance in hell — and arrived to København — where I'll stay for a few days.

Entry no.: 147

13 Jun 2007, 4:48 PM

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Travel Danube lunch

Danube lunch, Calarasi, Cristian Kit Paul, 2007

A decrepit restaurant in an useless port to Danube, rusted tugboats, spicy fish and cold wine. Good fish. Good wine.

Entry no.: 132

12 May 2007, 1:48 PM

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Travel Car-talk-car

Girl's shadow on the projector screen, Cristian Kit Paul, Craiova, 2007

Clubul Universitarilor Craiova, Cristian Kit Paul, 2007

In the rearview mirror the sun's going down, Cristian Kit Paul, 2007

Who would've thought that being a designer involves so much talk and so much business travel?

Entry no.: 110

5 Apr 2007, 1:36 PM

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Travel Urban riders

Midnight enigma in downtown Moscow

Three nights walking the commercial boulevards in Moscow, three nights the horseback riders made their appearance. Girls on horses. Clip clop, clip clop, right on the sidewalks, among the midnight passers-by. On the first night one of them asked me for money — I didn't have any money changed into local currency yet so I gave her nothing. Tough luck.

Girls riding horses on downtown Moscow's sidewalks, Cristian -Kit- Paul, 2007.

First night I was totally surprised and managed to take a shot only after they passed by.

Girls riding horses on downtown Moscow's sidewalks, Cristian -Kit- Paul, 2007.

Girls riding horses on downtown Moscow's sidewalks, Cristian -Kit- Paul, 2007.

Second night I wasn't that stupefied anymore but the light was not so great.

Girls riding horses on downtown Moscow's sidewalks, Cristian -Kit- Paul, 2007.

Girls riding horses on downtown Moscow's sidewalks, Cristian -Kit- Paul, 2007.

The third night I managed to ambush them in front of a well-lit store window.

This all leaves me with a few unanswered questions.

What the hell was that all about, riding horses on downtown Moscow's sidewalks? Are those girls walking their extra-large house-pets at night? Are they elite of tramps, the cavalry of beggars? Noblewomen? Is this posh leisure, green locomotion, fucking coolness, extreme-sport, fashionable eccentricity?

Regardless of what their story might be, the urban riders are — at least for me — part of brand Moscow.

Entry no.: 106

2 Apr 2007, 1:11 AM

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Travel Moscow cabs?

Sure. Every car might be a cab!

In Moscow you can use any car as a taxicab

Here's the story. For four days, I've never took a taxicab in Moscow. For four days my guides used the following routine instead: raised a hand towards the cars riding on the first lane of the highway/boulevard/street and a car (often two or even three) stopped. After a very short negotiation we jumped in and we're gone. Money changed hands, relaxed chatter happened between the fronts sits (in Russian) and eventually we were delivered at the destination.

They were not cabs. They were not previously hired rides. It was all kind of paid hitch-hiking!

You can use any car as a taxi

—It would take 30, maybe 45 minutes for a cab to show up with these traffic jams, they said. And who cares about taxicabs, anyway? We have our own scheme. You can use any car as a taxi. 100% efficient: no phone calls on hold, no waiting. Arm raised, cars stop. Better.

—Well, I replied, every capital has taxis and I never — not ever — seen something like this.

—Yes, but this is Moscow, they replied. This is our way.

Entry no.: 100

21 Mar 2007, 8:44 AM

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